Police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of Pakistan's outgoing ruling party

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Sharif loyalists arrested as former PM returns to appeal conviction

The development comes after Nawaz Sharif through his counsel filed an appeal for transfer of Al-Azizia and Flagship references to another accountability court in Islamabad.

Sharif and Maryam were shifted to Adiala jail in separate armoured vehicles escorted by police.

Prior, furious supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the gathering of Sharif, conflicted with the uproar police in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab territory, when they were kept from continuing towards the air terminal to welcome their pioneer.

Pakistan's military remains its most powerful institution, and has faced blistering allegations that it is pressuring the media and politicians in a bid to manipulate the polls against the PML-N.

Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir, who convicted Sharif family in Avenfield properties references, has recused himself from hearing two pending corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Dawn has learned.

The court imposed an 8-million pound penalty on Nawaz Sharif and a 2-million pound fine on Maryam Nawaz.

The plan regarding Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz's stay at Adiala jail was amended thrice.

"I know that. I will be directly taken to jail", Sharif, who was ousted for corruption by the Supreme Court past year and later also banned from politics for life, said in a video released by his party earlier Friday.

They were also disqualified to contest election or to hold public office for a period of 10 years.

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Sharif returned late Friday from London along with his daughter, Maryam, to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said.

Pakistani and global rights groups have accused the military of seeking to maintain its influence in Pakistani politics by keeping Sharif out of power.

Earlier, it was said by the jail authorities that Mr Sharif was given B-class facilities which entitled him to have an attendant and facilities like bed, TV, air conditioner, newspaper and home cooked food at his own cost.

Friday was a bloody day in the lead-up to Pakistan's elections this month, as dozens were killed in two attacks on political rallies in the country.

According to the UK's Guardian, military police boarded Sharif's flight soon after it landed from Abu Dhabi, after taking off from London. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The General Elections are scheduled to take place on July 25 and a total of 342 seats are up for grabs.

"Why is Lahore under siege?" He has repeatedly clashed with military leaders in the past five years and was removed by a military coup in 1999 during a previous term as prime minister.

Analyst Zahid Hussain said the ex-leader was "fighting back for his political life".

Recent opinion polls suggest PML-N is losing its lead nationally to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of arch-rival Khan, whose anti-corruption message has resonated with many Pakistanis.

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